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Post by Rob » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:55 am

Hey Charlie, did you make these bags, as well? (going through some old email)

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Post by Airbear » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:33 pm

Ha, yes Rob. Early iterations handed down. That was when I used a foam mattress for camping - very comfy but too big. Here is Brunhilde's current setup, though I recently made some larger and better tank panniers:

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O, and here's a pic you might like from our last trip. These young local blokes turned up to listen to the ... er ... technical discussion. They thoughtfully brought their own chairs

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Post by Rob » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:14 pm

Do you ever blow smoke their direction?
They look like they want to join in.
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Re: Question for Airbear

Post by Rob » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:15 pm

And you are an artist with the sewing machine!
I know I've said it before. Bears (haha) repeating.
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Re: Question for Airbear

Post by Zombie Master » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:23 am

That's a very tidy set up Charlie. How does the bike handle with all that gear? Is there a hard frame behind the side bags?

Your rabbits are ridiculous. :geek:
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Post by Steve in Golden » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:39 am

Love those roos! They look like cheerful fellows.

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Re: Question for Airbear

Post by Airbear » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:29 pm

Zombie Master wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:23 am
That's a very tidy set up Charlie. How does the bike handle with all that gear? Is there a hard frame behind the side bags?

Your rabbits are ridiculous. :geek:
Loaded up with all the gear is my favourite riding arrangement. The weight adds up to less than a human passenger and it is better placed for good handling. Having around 10Kg on the tank balances the rear weight really well. Suspension feels much softer with the bike settled 'down to her lines' (a boat reference).

I didn't want racks fitted permanently to the bike. I also wanted a table for camping, so came up with this:

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Here's a bag showing the inboard hanging arrangement.

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The strap goes over the sub-frame and behind the horizontal bar on the table legs, supporting the inboard side.

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Then a couple of extra straps are clipped on and adjusted to pull everything together. The bags are supported from both sides, almost scrotal.

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The bags have roll down tops with stiffened velcroed mouth parts. The fabric is ex-military rubber coated canvas.

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I really like soft bags, and with the roll-down tops and strap tensioning it's possible to compress a lot of stuff in there. They are lasting very well too, having covered over 45k kms since 2012.
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Re: Question for Airbear

Post by Zombie Master » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:22 pm

Very creative, and functional!
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